Residents’ Information

Wet paint To cover the gouges in the stairwell, Fehim will spend three days touching up the walls starting today. Watch for the wet paint signs. And once it’s dry, please take care when using the stairs to protect the walls. —6:07 a.m., February 20


Silver alert Help her family find Neida Rodriguez, an 87-year-old Hispanic female, who was last seen near 174th Street and Broadway on Tuesday morning. She has dementia, stands 5'7" tall, weights 150 pounds, has red hair and brown eyes, and was wearing a tan jacket and blue sneakers with white lining. If you see her, please call (800) 577-8477 (TIPS) or 9-1-1. —8:47 a.m., February 18


Package pick-ups Help keep the bin accessible to new deliveries: Retrieve your parcel to make room for the next box. It’s a practical way to keep them from going missing. A few other tips:

1. Ensure delivery confirmation with the delivery service (USPS, UPS, Amazon, etc.).

2. Can’t find your package? File a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311.

            3. Notify Fehim of your missing package.

We’ve assembled more suggestions under “Delivery Security,” below. —8:47 a.m., February 18


Weather advisory Expect 2 to 4 inches of snow and gusty winds, which may cause severe travel difficulties this morning. Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. —6:11 a.m., February 17

Weekend picks Conclude your week with a performance of Bach by candlelight tonight in The Lounge in Hudson Heights. Not into Bach? Some like it hot, and the Jazz Power Initiative sets the temperature in its concert Saturday night in Lower WaHi. A workshop for kids explains how medieval metalworkers practiced their craft, right, at The Cloisters on Sunday afternoon in Fort Tryon Park. —7:08 a.m., February 16

Stairway gouges Since repainting the interior, you’ve probably noticed gouges and markings along the stairwells, likely from residents who are carrying bicycles and other bulky items that are adding extra wear and tear to the walls. Fehim will spend three days touching up the walls starting Tuesday. Please take care in the stairwell to not gouge the walls. —8:04 a.m., February 15

Application Forms

Download the forms you need, posted here as pdf files. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please call our property manager, who can also send you any of these forms through the mail.

Automatic Payment
Never be late again with your maintenance fee. Sign up for automatic payment from your checking account. It’s ideal for travelers. There’s no cost, and with it you’ll never pay another late fee.
ACH Form Scan.PDF
PDF File [132.6 KB]
Bike Rack
Store your bicycle in the basement storage room. Please keep it locked to the rack. To get your rack, fill out this form. (It’s the same as the Storage Cage form, just check the Bike Rack box at the bottom.)
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
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Decoration Agreement
If the improvement you’re planning is less extensive than a renovation but you’re still planning to use outside help to complete the job, you may be eligible to use the decoration agreement. It’s less extensive than the alteration agreement (below, under Renovations and Alterations). Before submitting a decoration agreement, please visit with the property manager.
Pinehurst 447 Decoration Agreement.pdf
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Renovations and Alterations
Renovations fall into this category. Use this form to submit with your plans. If you believe your work is not extensive, please contact the property manager to see if you qualify to work under a decoration agreement (see above). Mail the completed form to Hedda at Argo, 50 West 17 Street, NYC 10011-5702.
Pinehurst 447 Alteration Agreement.pdf
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Sale/Purchase of Apartment Shares
The purchaser should fill out this document to apply to transfer shares from the seller.
Pinehurst 10034_447_fwa purchase_applica[...]
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Storage Cage
If your apartment is too cluttered, store your overflowing belongings in a storage cage in the basement. To get your cage, fill out this document.
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
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If you plan to sublet your apartment, your proposed subtenant needs to complete this document.
Pinehurst 10034_447 fwa sublease_applica[...]
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     The documents you will need for some other puposes are available from different web sites. Here are the most popular:


     Ask John or a board member for the permission form.



      Have a new best friend? The building welcomes most pets but requires proof of their immunizations and, for dogs, a city license. The house rules outline a pet owner’s responsibilities (at Section 24). If your pet is a pup and you need a dog license, find out how to file the paperwork here. The form needs to be notarized.

Contacting Us

Have a question about the House Rules, or how to get a storage cage? Ask one of your directors. This year they are:

    Riva Hocherman, president

    Jessica Benoit, secretary

    Nilou Safinya, treasurer
    Allison Hiroto, vice president
    Jennifer Peng, vice president

Contact them at or just say hi in the elevator or at the mailboxes. They will be happy to help you.

     Fehim Redzpagic is our superintendent. You can reach him by calling (646) 372-0092 or by sending an email to

     While you’re thinking of the building, help us keep your contact information current so you will receive official mail from the corporation and Argo without delay. If you have children moving out or roommates moving in, please tell us. Your information will not appear on this web site. If you do not want it to appear on our internal contact sheet, simply say so.

    The secretary is responsible for keeping our records current, so when you have updates to your contact preferecnes please keep us in the loop by sending them to or one of these addresses: For general questions To reach the super To update your contact details Reaches the webmaster
     You may also call the property manager, John
Duff, at (212) 896-8600, and mail correspondence to us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 68, New York NY 10033.


Delivery Security and Package Pirates

Have you lost a box after it was delivered and before you picked it up? You’re not alone: 90,000 of them go missing in New York every day, and residents in some buildings are protecting themselves.

     It’s terribly frustrating to have a delivery go missing despite our best efforts. If it happens to you, please follow these steps:


1. Ensure delivery confirmation with the delivery service (USPS, UPS, Amazon, etc.).

2. File a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311.

3. Notify management of your missing package.

4. The police will contact management to obtain surveillance video. As per the House Rules, security camera footage is not provided to residents.


     To keep your delivery from being stolen, follow suggestions from the Wirecutter, or try some of the tips we’ve collected to protect your goods. There’s no guarantee they will work, but any of them will help keep your package yours.

     You can help your first-floor neighbors with their deliveries: If you see a package left at their door, put it in the bin.

• Once your package is delivered, pick it up! The longer you wait, the more likely it is to go missing. And when lots of residents leave their packages uncollected, the space fills up and someone’s package has to be left outside the door, where thieves can prey on it.


• Have your package held at the post office, or sign up for informed delivery from the USPS.


Amazon (and many other businesses) lets you add delivery instructions to your shipping address. Of course, the delivery agent may not follow your instructions, but you can at the very least instruct them leave it by the cage.


• If you’re going to be out of town for more than a few days, the Post Office will hold your mail if you

sign up for the free service.


• Take advantage of “Ship to Store” option when it’s available. Amazon offers a locker feature that allows you to pick up your package from a secure location, whether near home or work. The closest is at the Rite Aid in Lower WaHi, at 4046 Broadway at 171st Street.


• Request signature confirmation for delivery.


• Never buzz in someone whose identity you can’t establish.


• When you see strangers in the building, a friendly “hello” or “can I help you find someone?” will let them know the residents are paying attention to visitors.


• And if you see a package at a neighbor’s door, you could collect it and let them know you have it.


     A magazine for co-op apartments suggests being aware of restaurant delivery personnel. The Denver Police Department says one effective deterrent is simply asking a neighbor to accept a package for you.

     If you’re clever, you could try what a NASA engineer has up his sleeve for porch pirates, but it involves a lot of glitter and amassing a certain … scent.



Regular visits from Pest Pro started at the end of December on a probationary contract. The new sign-up sheet is now available in the laundry room; if you can’t make it there see the link to an online sign-up in your email from John on December 22. The technician will write the next visit date on the sign-up sheet.

     Pest Pro will visit the building on Friday mornings. We hope that having visits on Friday mornings will allow more of you to be home when Pest Pro visits. If you will not be home then, please let Fehim know that he can give the technician access to your apartment in your absence.

     Before every visit, please clear under your kitchen and bathroom sinks so that there is space for the technician to examine and treat those areas. If you have areas blocked off by furniture or items, prepare to move them so the tech can do a full visual inspection.



Gas Meter Reading, Inspections, and Safety

Review these gas safety tips from ConEd so you’ll know what to do if you smell something off. And remember that if you notice that rotten egg smell, do not light a match, smoke, flip a switch, ring a doorbell, or touch appliances or electronics, including your phone. Doing so can produce sparks that might cause the gas to explode.

     The state mandates inspections of gas meters and piping to keep you and your neighbors safe. If your meter (it’s probably in your kitchen) has not been inspected, call (800) 643-1289 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. or send an e-mail to

     Alternatively, if yours has in fact been inspected and you’re still being asked to set up a time, take a picture of the inspection sticker and email it to the same address.

     ConEd bills you for the natural gas you use, typically for your range. Your gas meter is probably in your kitchen and looks like the one on the right. ConEd determines your gas bill by looking at those little dials to find out how much gas you used, and for accurate billing prefers to read your meter monthly.

     If you’re home when the gas meter reader knocks on your door, just let him in and he’ll be done in less than a minute. If you miss him more than once, you may receive a letter from ConEd asking for access to your apartment to read your meter. For $19, you can schedule a visit at, or you can just follow the instructions and record the meter reading yourself.

     Oh, those meters in the basement across from the elevator? They’re for electricity.


General Data Protection Regulation Info

Visitors to this website from the European Union have the protection of GDPR 2016/679 which on May 26, 2016, went into effect.

     Data collected from on are stored on the servers of Ionos, the web hosting service used by 447 Ft. Washington Owners’ Corporation doing business as The Pinehurst. The Controller is the webmaster, who may be reached at, and the Controller’s Representative is the property manager, John Duff, who may be reached at (212) 896-8600 or at Argo Real Estate, 50 W 17 St, New York NY 10011. The Data Protection Officer is the president of the corporation, Riva Hocherman, who may be reached at

     The data we collect are those submitted voluntarily by shareholders to promote notices of sale of their apartments. There is no requirement to submit any information at any time. We store personal data for the duration that an apartment is for sale; once it is sold we delete it within four weeks of being notified of the sale. If a shareholder revokes permission for us to store personal information we shall delete it within two weeks of the shareholder’s notification.

     We use Google Analytics to review users’ visits to our site. Information from Google is available to us only in the aggragate; we have no access to any information about any individual visitor.

     An individual subject to GDPR 2016/679 has the right to request from the Controller access to and rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing concerning the data subject or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Such an individual also has the right to make a complaint the supervising authority, which is The Board of Directors. It may be reached at or at 447 Fort Washington Ave, Apt 68, New York NY 10033.


Grilling in the Parks

Looking for a place to light up a grill? This resource shows the safe spots in Fort Washington Park  and Inwood Hill Park.

     Grilling on the Pinehurst’s balconies and fire escapes is prohibited by law — not to mention common sense.


Hazardous Waste: Paint, Pesticides, CFC’s

After sprucing up your walls you probably have more paint than you can use for touch-ups. To dispose of them in the trash, let the paint dray out—just be sure you keep a window open. Once the paint is dry you can put it in the trash.

     If it’s latex paint (and it’s still wet), you can take up to five gallons to one of the city’s hazardous waste collection points. You can also drop off pesticides, electronics, motor oil and the like. The city also runs occasional Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics disposal events that are closer to home, but last only a day.


House Rules

Our building is a community, as well as our home. Residents share the responsibility to ensure a safe and pleasant quality of life at reasonable cost.  We count on each other to treat all areas of the building as our home, and to protect and respect the rights of all of the Residents to a safe and comfortable home. A set of guidelines helps us achieve these goals.

House Rules
The House Rules are available here. Return the cover sheet to Argo.
Please keep yourself familiar with the information in this document, which is part of your Proprietary Lease. The House Rules also include the Smoking Policy. Until the house rules are revised, shareholders who intend to sell or sublet must include the smoking policy in their sale or lease agreement. A copy of it is below, under “Smoking Policy.”
Pinehurst 447 House Rules with Acknowled[...]
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Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Severe Weather

Severe weather is an uncommon but dangerous phenomenon. In the summer and early fall, hurricanes may threaten the northeast. If a hurricane is threatening the city, keep on top of the evacuation map found on this page.

     Hurricanes are rare but their effects are not. Have a plan in case the weather turns severe.
     The late spring and summer can produce tornadoes. Before you hear of a tornado watch (which means that weather conditions could produce a tornado) or a tornado warning (which means a funnel cloud has been spotted, though it may not have touched the ground yet), please
review these safety precautions for you and your family.
     In short, go to the lowest level of the building, stay away from windows and remain there until the all-clear sign has been given (by the
National Weather Service, typically), and have a first aid kit handy.


Laundry Room

Pay for your laundry with your smart phone. Hercules has an app that connects to the washers and dryers so you don’t have to keep track of a card anymore.

     Download the Hercules CyclePay App from the Apple Store or Google Play for your IOS or Andriod phone. Full instructions on its use are in the chart on the right, which you can doawnload in the pdf below. It’s also posted in the laundry room.

Hurcules CyclePay App
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     The laundry room is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

     To help keep us safe during the pandemic, we ask you to limit its use to two people or families at a time and to take your clean laundry back to your apartment to fold so the next person can get in sooner.

     Para mantenernos a todos sanos, implementamos algunos procedimientos nuevos ayer para usar la lavandería. La lavandería está abierta todos los días de 7 a.m. a 11 p.m. Le pedimos que limite su uso a dos personas o familias a la vez y que lleve su ropa limpia a su apartamento para doblarla para que la próxima persona pueda entrar antes.

     When you load the machines, it’s easy to feel you need to use more detergent than is necessary. That’s beacause modern cleaning products, including cleaning boosters and fabric softeners, are formulated to require less than in years past. When you put in too much, the washers cannot rinse it all out, leaving chemicals in your clothes—and leaving scents in the washers that your neighbors may not care for. Check the instructions on your detergent, boosters, and fabric softeners, and use only what’s recommended.

     Hercules maintains the laundry machines, both the washers and dryers. With our dryers, to add five minutes you must do so when at least five minutes remain in the cycle. If there is less time, you will be given 30 minutes and charged for a full cycle.
     If a machine is malfunctioning, please call Hercules at (800) 526-5760 to inform them so they may repair it. Alternatively, you may send an
e-mail to, explaining the problem and asking for a refund if you lost money. Hercules will need to know:
    BUILDING NAME Pinehurst
    BUILDING ADDRESS 447 Fort Washington Avenue
    LAUNDRY ROOM LOCATION Basement; super required for access
    MACHINE MALFUNCTIONING Take note of the number on the machine, and if you’re asking for a refund, include your apartment number


Maintenance Fee Statements

We welcome you to switch to paperless billing for your monthly maintenance fee.

     If you’ve signed up and chose not to receive paper statement but they’re still arriving, we have a solution. Just send an email to John and he’ll get it straightened out.


Manhattan Maintenance Fees

Our fourth look at maintenance fees across Manhattan neighborhoods is available on the On The Market page. The previous survey, the third, compares fees to those in 2006 and 2008. Want to compare? Download a copy of the 2012 report by clicking on the link below.

     If you’re specifically interested in Hudson Heights maintenance fees, we have that data too:

Maintenance fees in Hudson Heights, 2017
Manh Maint Hudson Heigts 2017.pdf
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Manhattan Maintenance Fees, 2012
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Washington Heights is known for its noise. Luckily, Hudson Heights is a bit quieter. However, if you are bothered by loud music, a party, fireworks or other terrestrial sound, please call 311.

     If you’re tired of the drivers racing up and down Fort Washington at all hours of the night and day? Sign a petition seeking speed bumps to slow down the traffic.
     Other noise comes from the skies. Aircraft fly over our neighborhood en route to LaGuardia Airport or on their way to points west.  

     Helicopters also fly nearby, and sometimes seems to hover. If these sounds are bothersome, please call the Economic Development Corporation at (212) 619-5000 with your concerns about helicopters, or for airplanes call (718) 533-5615 and press 3 for LaGuardia.

     In late 2020 a group of Uptowners formed a task force on noise. In the spring of 2021, Council Member Mark Levine came out with a ten-point proposal to address it. One Uptown group, Respectful Decibels, seeks your comments.


NYC Notify

New York has a way to keep you informed of emergency information as well as less-critical topics like parking changes. Sign up to receive notifications by e-mail, text, or phone messages. To stay informed, click here:

     The city is expanding the types of notifications you can receive from its email and message service. If you’d like to add updates from the 34th Precinct, or about weather that’s dangerous to residents of basement apartments, go to, log in to your account, and update your preferences under the “My Account” tab. From here, the instructions get specific: 

     • On the right-hand side menu, select “Notification Addresses” to see your enrolled addresses.

     • Select the pencil icon next to the address you would like to add notification to.

     • At the bottom of the page, select the notifications you would like to receive for that address.

     • Select Submit

These groups are also available on the mobile app.


Recycling: Electronics

     Discarded electronics make up the largest growth in household hazardous waste in NYC, but you can recycle them instead.

     We have a collection unit in the basement, where you can drop off your unusable items. They will be collected by the city and either repurposed or safely dismantled.

     Your efforts make a real difference. In 2021 we recycled 880 pounds of digital detritus, and since we’ve been enrolled in the city’s e-cycling program, we’ve kept 6,447 pounds of it from landfills.

     The city will collect these electronics:

  • Televisions (including cathode ray tubes)
  • Computer peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • Monitors, laptops
  • Electronic keyboards
  • Electronic mice and other pointing devices
  • Fax machines, document scanners, and printers that are meant for use with a computer and weigh less than 100 lbs.
  • TV peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • VCRs
  • Digital video recorders
  • DVD players
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Cable or satellite receivers
  • Electronic or video game consoles
  • Small-scale servers
  • Portable devices, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • Portable digital music players

     Can’t find what you have to get rid of? Look here.

Recycling: Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic

The Pinehurst is committed to recycling in accordance with New York City's goals. Most paper and plastic (but not all), glass and metal are recyclable in our bins in the garbage area.
     Compact fluorescent light bulbs require special recycling because their contents are hazardous. Also known as CFL’s, these bulbs are typically curly in shape.

     There’s a drop-off point in each borough. For Manhattan, it’s under the Manhattan Bridge at 74 Pike Slip, between Cherry and South Streets. If you have a car, the closer site is in Hunt’s Point, next to the Fulton Fish Market. The sites are open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the same time on the last Friday of the month (but check before you haul your stuff). As an alternative, take your CFL bulbs to a retailer that accepts them, such as Home Depot.
     For more information on CFL recycling,
click here. And for nearly anything else, look here.    

     As we live through the pandemic and are dealing with a substantially larger volume of garbage, we are already spending more to manage our refuse. Your assistance will help us keep a lid on costs.

  1. Flatten your boxes when you put them in the recycling area. The recent picture at right shows what we want to avoid.
  2. Do not put your recycling in plastic bags. That includes plastic recycling. You can throw it all directly in the bin, which contains special bags that the city accepts.
     Keep in mind: The rules are mandated by the Department of Sanitation. So if we don't do it, Fehim will have to spend more of his time on your recycling. If he doesn’t, we pay fines — which come from your maintenance fee. So find the zen of breaking down your boxes. It will save you money, too.
     A medida que vivimos la pandemia y nos enfrentamos a un volumen de basura sustancialmente mayor, ya estamos gastando más para gestionar nuestra basura. Su ayuda nos ayudará a controlar los costos.
    1. Aplana tus cajas cuando las pongas en el área de reciclaje. La imagen arriba muestra lo que queremos evitar.
    2. No ponga su reciclaje en bolsas de plástico. Eso incluye el reciclaje de plástico. Puedes tirarlo todo directamente a la papelera, que contiene bolsas especiales que acepta la ciudad.
    Las reglas son impuestas por el Departamento de Saneamiento. Entonces, si no lo hacemos, Fehim habrá dedicado más tiempo a tu reciclaje. Si no lo hace, pagamos multas.

Recycle: Reusable Items

When you clean some clutter you may find yourself with perfectly good things that you don’t have any use for anymore. If you’d like to donate old clothes, electronic, or housewares to a place where they can do some good, take a look at Donate NYC, a site run by the city. It will help you find a place to drop off reusable items for upcycling.


Smoke Detectors

When you replace your smoke detectors, you need to upgrade to a 10-year sealed model. A 2019 state law says that all new or replacement smoke detectors must be powered by the long-lasting battery or be hardwired to your electrical system. If you want to sell your apartment, you will need to upgrade your smoke detectors before the sale goes through.


Smoking Policy

In August 2017 Mayor DeBlasio signed legislation that requires all NYC cooperatives and condominiums to adopt formal smoking policies. The Board adopted a policy in August 2018 and revised it in June 2023 to prohibit smoking within apartments.

Smoking Policy
447 Smoking.Rules.6.23.pdf
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STAR Property Tax Rebate

The STAR rebate grants co-op owners (whose apartments are their primary residences) the same school tax relief that owners of real estate have received for years.
     The credit has changed. Some homeowners remain eligible to receive STAR as a property tax exemption, while others will receive the STAR personal income tax credit and will be sent a check by the state. The distinctions are made based on your income, with the lines drawn at incomes over and under $250,000.   
      If you once received the benefit but no longer do, read these instructions to find out if you qualify again. The credit is not given automatically—you  must apply for it—but if you applied in the past you may not need to do so again. So register for the credit as soon as you become an owner.
     Details on eligibility are here. The numbers you may need for The Pinehurst are:
     LOT 87  
     BLOCK 2177

     BOROUGH 1


Subways and Transportation

Interactive Subway Map

     The famous map has been revised and moved online. It shows live updates of train locations, such as the one leaving 181st Street, right.


A Train
Scheduled maintenance is posted here
by the MTA.


181 Street: Busway
     Increasing commuters’ travel along 181st Street has been a goal of everyone for years, and with the busway plan speeds have increase by 30 percent and more. In summer 2022, the Department of Transportation made permanent its pilot plan to restrict on 181st Street traffic that isn’t a bus, truck, or emergency vehicle—unless you’re turning at the next intersection.

      Traffic is restricted from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Download the department’s presentation to Community Board 12 in July 2022:

181st Street Busway Plan, June 2022
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      A previous review from Department of Transportation’s of 181st Street is here.

Announcement Archive

Going up Techinicians from the United Elevator Company will be here on Thursday to take a look at the elevator. —3:53 p.m., February 14


Thanks, Fehim We’re probably not going to get as much snow as the forecast called for. Even with just a few inches, Fehim is keeping the sidewalks clear. If you see him, pause and say thanks for keeping us safe from slips and falls. —8:44 a.m., February 13


Winter storm Get ready for more snow. We’re expecting between 5 and 8 inches and 40 mph winds starting tomorrow morning at 4 and continuing until 6 p.m. With all that we will see significant travel difficulties. Roads may be dangerous so use mass transit if possible. Prepare today by charging your cell phone, gathering supplies, and turning your refrigerator and freezer to a colder setting (in case the power goes out). —7:16 a.m., February 12


Bye-bye, bugs Cool weather drives tiny creatures inside. Keep interlopers out of your apartment and the building by scheduling an appointment with our exterminator. Please let us know if you’d like to take advantage of the service. —9:08 a.m., February 11

Weekend picks The culminating production of the winter workshop of the People’s Theatre Project is performed tonight in Lower WaHi. Kids can make Victorian-era Valentine’s greetings, right, at a family demonstration at the Morris-Jumel Mansion tomorrow afternoon on Jumel Terrace. The country’s most storied track meet, outside the Olympics, takes place Sunday when pro and amateur athletes compete in the Milrose Games at the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue. —7:21 a.m., February 9

Community Board Meet your Uptown neighbors who volunteer to improve the city with their work on Community Board 12 at a Friday social at the Chophouse in Inwood on Broadway at 213th Street. They’re interested in hearing what interests you. And if you’re interested in joining this civic-minded group, they will answer your questions. Tomorrow night from 7 to 10. —7:18 a.m., February 8


Historic buildings The Historic District Council and Community Board 12 ask for your help to identify historically, culturally, and architecturally significant buildings in neighborhoods from Lower WaHi to Inwood. The goal is to preserve and designate important buildings as landmarks. Submit your nomination here and you’ll be entered to win a $10 gift card. —7:32 a.m., February 6


GWB delay An overturned vehicle is leading to extensive traffic delays on the westbound lower level. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —10:22 p.m., February 4


Restaurant week Today’s your last chance to enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu at one of the five Uptown restaurants participating in the semi-annual event. Two of the eateries are in Hudson Heights; the list is here. —8:55 a.m., February 4

Weekend picks These are your last few days to see the Picasso exhibition on Audubon Terrace at the Hispanic Society, which showcases his inspiration from Spain, including Don Quixote, right. Dress for the weather and take a vigorous hike through Fort Tryon Park on Saturday morning. Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can learn basketball basics in one of the age-appropriate classes in Fort George on Sunday morning. —7:36 a.m., February 2

GWB delay Thanks to a collision this morning, all upper-level westbound lanes of the GWB are closed. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —10:22 a.m., January 29


Movie selection You have until 5 today to vote for films to include in the United Palace’s new cinema series, the Season of Friendship. See the current selection and the films in the running then cast your vote for three films today. —9:10 a.m., January 28

Weekend picks Enjoy a meal at during Restaurant Week today. Four nearby spots participate with three-course prix fixe meals. Two are in Hudson Heights and two more are across Broadway in Fort George. Tomorrow evening you can enjoy refreshments and a concert at the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra’s winter soirée in Hudson Heights. Explore winter on Sunday afternoon with a vigorous hike through Highbridge Park, right. —8:13 a.m., January 26

Subway gates The 191st Street Station of the 1 Train is the first in the city to get steel barriers along the platform edges. They were installed over the weekend. —7:04 a.m., January 24


Inwoodhenge If you like outdoor geometry, get on the street for sunrise and sunset to see the shadows line up with the streets. The “Manhattanhenge” effect works today in Inwood, where the grid there is so katy-wompus that the sun aligns when it is due “south.” Today at dawn (7:14) and dusk (5:01). —6:55 a.m., January 23


Movie selection The United Palace is debuting a new cinema series this year, and the Season of Friendship needs your help to fill out its screening list. The first five are Rebel Without a Cause (1955), The Producers (1967), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Thelma and Louise (1991), and Finding Nemo (2003). Looks like they need one from the ’80s and the teens. Cast your vote for three films here by Friday midnight. —7:01 a.m., January 22


Natural gas Although we heat the building with steam, most of us cook with a gas range. Review these gas safety tips from ConEd so you’ll know what to do if you smell something off. And remember that if you notice that rotten egg smell, do not light a match, smoke, flip a switch, ring a doorbell, or touch appliances or electronics, including your phone. Doing so can produce sparks that might cause the gas to explode. —7:34 a.m., January 21

Weekend picks Middle school and high school athletes compete in a regional track meet at the Armory starting this evening. West African rhythms groove in Inwood tomorrow night. The Cornerstone Chorale, right, performs its winter concert on Sunday evening in Hudson Heights. —7:46 a.m., January 19

Buzzing in With the cold and snowy weather, some people may look for a place to get warm and dry. That’s a challenge to our security. When you enter the building, be aware of anyone behind you and if you don’t recognize them, ask them to buzz the person they’re visiting. And when you buzz in your own visitors, be sure to establish their identity first. —12:30 p.m., January 17


Restaurant Week Five Uptown restaurants are offering three-course prix fixe meals for the winter promotion, including two in Hudson Heights. That’s got to be a record! Restaurant Week—which lasts twenty days—starts today. The list of participating spots is here. —7:48 a.m., January 16


A day on Make this MLK Day a day of service. If you’re up for braving the weather, make sandwiches and cards at Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights, pack food boxes in Fort George, or take a winter coat you aren’t using or non-perishable food to Word Up Community Bookshop in Lower WaHi. Details here. —7:41 a.m., January 15


Snow squalls An arctic cold front is expected to sweep through the region this afternoon, bringing with it the potential for snow squalls which could lead to rapid a reduction in visibility, gusty winds, and briefly moderate to heavy snow, creating hazardous roadway conditions. If a snow squall occurs, expect a quick coating to a half-inch of snow noon and 3. —9:27 a.m., January 14

Weekend picks The Picasso exhibit continues at the Hispanic Society today on Audubon Terrace. Take inspiration from medieval art at a drawing session, right, in the Cloisters’ galleries tomorrow afternoon. The UP Theater company continues its winter series of reading plays on Sunday afternoon with Wish Bone, in Hudson Heights. —7:37 a.m., January 12

Messy weather There’s plenty of rain, and winds that could gust into the range of a severe gale. Watch your step outdoors, and as a precaution, keep your phone charged. 8:01 a.m., January 10


5-line water Remember that the water in the 5 line will be off tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get a few gallons in jugs in case you need them. —7:22 a.m., January 8


Wintry weather Be careful out there! Be careful when you come home, too, because those tiles will get slippery. And if there’s snow to shovel, say thanks to Fehim. —8:47 a.m., January 6

Weekend picks A new pedestrian plaza opened this week in Inwood between Post and 10th Avenues, above 207th Street. This afternoon kids ages 5 to 14 can choose a class to improve their basketball skills in Highbridge Park. A hands-on experience in medieval art is open to children tomorrow at the Cloisters. And the first play in the weekly Dead of Winter series, right, will be staged on Sunday afternoon in Hudson Heights. —8:17 a.m., January 5

5-line water: Tuesday Take note that the water in the 5 line will be off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday. We apologize for the inconvenience. —3:22 p.m., January 4


Quake questionnaire Did you feel the earthquake? The United States Geological Survey reported that a 1.7 magnitude temblor occurred near Astoria yesterday morning. If you noticed its effects, submit a report at —6:14 a.m., January 3


Gym care Even if you tried setting your scale back ten pounds over the last few weeks, you may be using the gym more frequently. If burning extra calories is one of your new year’s resolutions, remember to leave the air purifier on: It cuts down allergens and odors. —8:54 a.m., January 2


Happy new year Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2024! —8:32 a.m., January 1


Lobby looters Thieves continue to prey on packages, especially those left by delivery services at the doors of first-floor residents. If you notice a box at a lobby door, take an extra minute to put it in the package bin. You’ll make sure it gets to its recipient and reduce theft. And refresh yourself with our suggestions under Delivery Security and Package Pirates, below. —8:45 a.m., December 31

Weekend picks It’s the fifth day of Christmas, a good day to shop for golden rings, right. Take your kids on a hike through Manhattan’s only untouched forest this afternoon and they will get to learn how to identify trees by their bark, shape, and needles. Go on a trek looking for eagles in their winter aeries around the Hudson on Saturday morning. Say goodbye to 2023 at any of a series of concerts by Jazz WaHi starting Sunday afternoon and rolling into 2024. —7:56 a.m., December 29

A super super At the end of the year, we invite you to show your appreciation for Fehim’s reliable work and care that go into making the building our home. To make a year-end gift to Fehim, drop it off at Apartment 1. It will be gratefully received. —7:56 a.m., December 28


Banishing bugs We’re starting a relationship with Pest Pro this week. To schedule a visit from the exterminator, add your name to the sign-up sheet in the laundry room (or check your email from John for the Google form you can use). If you will not be home Friday, please let Fehim know if he may give the technician access to your apartment. Before every visit,  clear the space under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, and if you have areas blocked off by furniture, prepare to move it so the tech can do a full visual inspection. —7:36 a.m., December 27


Tree disposal It’s only the second day of Christmas, but if your tree won’t last another ten you can take it to J. Hood Wright Park so it will be turned into mulch. More than 58,300 trees were recycled last year. You may also leave it out back and Fehim will discard it. —7:32 a.m., December 26


Tiny rein-deer By the time Fehim got to the roof, all he found was eight sets of hoof-prints. But heading back to his apartment, he noticed a bit of soot in front of the fireplace and some boot tracks and a trail of tinsel. —12:03 a.m., December 25


Rooftop noise After sixth-floor residents were awakened by a clatter from above, Fehim is on his way to check the cause and will report back soon. —11:54 p.m., December 24

Weekend picks Take a trip through Christmases past and future in a one-man-show performance of A Christmas Carol tonight on Jumel Terrace. Finish up your holiday shoping tomorrow and trim your tree from one of the fresh tree stands around the neighborhood. Explore winter in the forest on a guided hike through Inwood Hill Park on Sunday afternoon. —8:04 a.m., December 22

Give and take If you’d like to organize your drinking, Jen S. has the solution with this bar cabinet. Wood veneer, in excellent condition, and it’s yours for the asking. Additionally, Jennifer P. is in need of some cardboard boxes that measure at least 20" in each direction. Instead of recycling them, drop them off with her. —8:28 p.m., December 21

Smoke detectors When’s the last time you changed the battery in yours? And in your carbon monoxide detector? Let the start of winter—it begins late tonight—serve as a holiday mnemonic. If you would like help reaching your detectors, ask Fehim. —6:02 a.m., December 21


Package bin It’s the most busiest time of the year for package deliveries, so please check to see if your parcel is waiting for you (and make room for more). —7:13 a.m., December 20


Grape tomatoes Need a healthy snack? Allison has a pound to give away. —7:18 a.m., December 19


Toy drive Today’s the final day of the Columbia Medical Center’s toy drive. If you care to brave the weather, take a new, unwrapped toy to one of the drop-off points before 5. —8:22 a.m., December 18


Live trees If you’re sprucing up your apartment for Christmas with a live tree, wreath, or roping, be sure to water it. A drink or a spritz will encourage the needles to stay in place and also keep your decorations from becoming a fire hazard. —8:48 a.m., December 17


A super super At the end of the year, we invite you to show your appreciation for Fehim’s reliable work and care. A gift from you would be very welcome and much appreciated for all the spit and polish and occasional drudgery that goes into making the building our home. To make a year-end gift to Fehim, drop it off at Apartment 1. It will be gratefully received. —11:23 a.m., December 16

Weekend picks A concert of ambient music tonight in Hudson Heights will relax you at the end of a hectic week. Medieval choral music will fill the Cloisters tomorrow afternoon for a performance fit for the dark days of late autumn. On Sunday afternoon you can listen to the annual reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, right, at the church in Lower WaHi where its author is buried. —8:17 a.m., December 15

Parkway delay Thanks to a vehicle fire, you should expect extensive southbound traffic delays on the Henry Hudson Parkway approaching 187th Street. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. And speaking of cars, the NYPD is warning Uptowners against leaving their cars idling while running an errand. Car thefts are on the rise. —11:23 a.m., December 14


Coat donations Diane will be dropping off gently used winter coats with NY Cares tomorrow. If you’d like to contribute to her delivery, she’s accepting donations. —6:23 p.m., December 12


Building safety Along with the joy of gift-giving during the holidays comes consternation with those who prey on the generous. Please help keep the Pinehurst community safe and secure. Never buzz in someone whose identity you can’t establish, and when you see strangers in the building, a friendly “hello” or “can I help you find someone?” will let them know the residents are paying attention to visitors. —7:02 a.m., December 12

Storage stuff Do you recognize any of the things in this photo from the storage room? The items have been sitting there for several months. If they’re yours, please claim them and move them out of the common area. If no one claims them soon, we’ll put them in the trash. —8:54 a.m., December 11

Holiday party We hope to see you this evening at 5 for our annual festivities in the lobby. We’ll have snacks and beveridges, though you’re welcome to bring your own to share too. Holiday sweaters are optional but always appreciated. —8:52 a.m., December 10

Weekend picks Uptown organizations’ holiday gift to you is a plethora of events and activities, indoors and out. Among the feast of music concerts is Ekmele’s performance of The Little Match Girl Passion, held underground in Lower WaHi tonight. On Saturday you can brush up your outdoor survival skills, right, in Inwood Hill Park. Take in a holiday tradition on Sunday afternoon with a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life, in Lower WaHi. —7:24 a.m., December 8

Happy Hanukkah The Festival of Lights begins tonight and we hope your oil lasts. Celebrate tomorrow evening at a service at the Hebrew Tabernacle by Bennett Park. —3:31 p.m., December 7


Holiday party We look forward to seeing you on Sunday evening in the lobby for our annual celebration of the holidays and toast to the end of one year and the start of another. We’ll provide some treats and you’re welcome to bring snacks and libations to share. Want to help decorate the lobby? Let Fehim know. —12:16 p.m., December 6

Give-aways Need better sound? Steven is giving away a 36" Vizio soundbar, right, and remote. They work fine, he says; all they needs is a new cable. Also, with winter coming up, snag a gently used pair of kids’ Merrell boots, size 11. Emily left them in the laundry room. —7:05 a.m., December 5

Toy drive Give a gift to an Uptown child this year by donating a new, unwrapped toy to the Columbia University Medical Center’s annual toy drive. Choose a gift for a child aged 3 to 13, and it will be distributed among day care centers, Head Start programs, and community-based organizations serving Uptown families. Collection centers are at:

  • Public Health Building lobby: 722 W. 168th Street 
  • HHSC: 701 W. 168th Street, Lower Level 1 
  • School of Nursing lobby: 560 W. 168th Street 
  • 51 Audubon Avenue: Lobby

Plenty more charities seek for your help this season. Check the list below. —7:13 a.m., December 4

Jazz standard From 280 entrants hailing from 37 countries, the winner of the 2023 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition lives here in WaHi. Tareek McDole won with his renditions of “September in the Rain,” “Lush Life,” and “Every Day I Have the Blues.” His performance earned him a $5,000 cash award. —8:53 a.m., December 3

Weekend picks Instructional basketball workshops start today and continue throught the winter for children and teens; sessions take place this afternoon and Saturday morning in Highbridge Park, right, and on Sunday morning in Fort George. Santa and Mrs. Claus plan a visit to the Christmas tree lighting in Inwood tomorrow afternoon. A concert featuring exceprts from the Messiah and other seasonal favorites takes place Sunday afternoon in Inwood. —7:13 a.m., December 1

Giving Tuesday As we enter the annual season of gift-giving—and gift-buying—pause to consider making a gift of a different kind. Your financial support of any of these Uptown non-profits will help make Hudson Heights, Fort George, Inwood, and Washington Heights a better place to live.

     Performing Arts

     Cornerstone Chorale, a group of Uptown singers

     The Crypt Sessions, whose subterranean concerts are part of the Death of Classical series

     Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, the troupe with a home in Hudson Heights

     MOSA Concerts, the Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement series in Hudson Heights

     Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, which sponsors the Uptown Arts Stroll

     Pied Piper Children’s Theatre, a showcase for Uptown talent

     United Palace of Cultural Arts, the site of plays, concerts, and classic film screenings

     Up Theater Company, which stages new plays

     Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, holding Uptown concerts throughout the year



     Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, the only remaining farmstead in Manhattan

     Hispanic Society & Museum, whose exhibitions are free to everyone

     Morris-Jumel Mansion, home of “the room where it happened”



     Boricua College, on Audubon Terrace

     Uptown Stories, the host of writing workshops for kids

     Yeshiva University, in Fort George



     Fort Tryon Park Trust, whose volunteers maintain the park

     Friends of Inwood Hill Park, which lists it own set of neighborhood charities



     Armory Track Foundation, which holds enrichment activities for kids

     Columbia University Medical Center’s annual toy drive

     Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, at the Columbia Medical Center

     Washington Heights and Inwood Development Council, which sponsors the Medieval Festival

Did we miss an important Uptown charity? Let us know! —8:42 a.m., November 28

Ear buds Did you by chance find a pair in the elevator yesterday? If so, please return them to Leslie, who is looking for them. —8:14 p.m., November 27


Package pick-ups Before the holiday season gets in full swing, please retrieve your delivery to make room for the next box. It’s a practical way to keep them from going missing. A few other tips:

1. Ensure delivery confirmation with the delivery service (USPS, UPS, Amazon, etc.).

2. Can’t find your package? File a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311.

            3. Notify Fehim of your missing package.

We’ve assembled more suggestions under “Delivery Security,” [above]. —9:02 a.m., November 26

Weekend picks Regretting that second slice of pie (or, let’s be honest, the third)? Walk off the calories today with the Shorewalkers, right, who will stroll from Lower Manhattan to Little Red Lighthouse. Or take a hike through Manhattan’s only remaining forest tomorrow on the Urban Park Rangers’ annual post-Thanksgiving super hike. The weekend isn’t all about exercise, though. Tomorrow teens get a day to draw from the art in the Cloisters. And on Sunday you can wind down your holiday with a parlor jazz performance by Marjorie Eliot in Lower WaHi. —7:33 a.m., November 24

Happy Thanksgiving It’s been a busy year and we thank you for your patience with the building’s improvements. The façade work and painting were inconvenient but our building is more of a home now. We hope you enjoy a safe holiday with family and friends. —7:30 a.m., November 22

Séance fiction? Columbia’s most famous fictitious ghostbusters battled the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. But decades before they were fired from their faculty jobs, a professor of ethics at Columbia, James Hylsop, insisted that paranormal phenomena deserved rigorous scientific study. Not a big surprise, as he was also the president of the American Society of Psychical Research, on West 73rd Street. More than seventy people attended his séance in Earl Hall in 1909. What happened next? Find out here. —7:06 a.m., October 31

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